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Jeff Locke pitches well in no-decision
by Igor Mello |

Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke pitched well in a no-decision at home Friday night against the Brewers. The left-hander permitted two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three over seven innings of a 4-2 win.

All of Pittsburgh's runs were scored in the eighth inning when Locke was out of the game. Over his last three starts covering 19 1/3 innings, Locke has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 20 starts (127 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at Atlanta.

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Adam Warren picks up five out save
by Chris Cwik |

Yankees pitcher Adam Warren picked up a five out save Friday against the Blue Jays. 

Warren entered with a two-run lead, and managed to shut the door. He did not allow a hit or a walk during the appearce, but did notch three strikeouts. It was Warren's third save of the season. 

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Yovani Gallardo fans 11 in no-decision Friday
by Igor Mello |

Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo struck out 11 but came away without a decision Friday night against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The right-hander allowed five hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings of work.

Gallardo wasn't backed by much run support and as a result, the bullpen failed to hold on to a two-run advantage, coughing up four runs in the eighth. Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Gallardo has allowed two earned runs. He owns a 3.46 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 31 starts (187 1/3 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Thursday at Cincinnati.

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Doug Fister registers win No. 15
by Igor Mello |

Nationals pitcher Doug Fister put together a quality start in a win over the Marlins in Miami on Friday, improving to 15-6 on the year.

Fister allowed a run to score on a groundout in the second inning and permitted a solo home run to Justin Bour in the fourth for his only damage of the night. He was charged with two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one over 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory. Of his 102 pitches, 65 were strikes.

Fister owns a 2.55 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 24 starts (155 innings). His final start of the regular season will come Thursday at home against the Mets.

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Tom Koehler suffers 10th loss of the season
by Igor Mello |

Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler lasted only five innings in a loss to the Nationals on Friday, dropping to 9-10 on the year. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings of a 3-2 defeat.

A two-run home run by Adam LaRoche in the opening frame proved to be costly. Of his 98 pitches, 63 were strikes. He owns a 3.76 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 31 starts (184 1/3 innings). He will make his final start of the season Thursday at home against Philadelphia.

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Drew Storen makes extremely quick work of Marlins
by Igor Mello |

Nationals reliever Drew Storen made extremely quick work of the Marlins Friday night in Miami, needing only six pitches to retire the side in order to close out a 3-2 victory. He has converted 8 of 11 save chances, with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of relief.

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Mark Buehrle struggles through start Friday
by Chris Cwik |

Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle struggled against the Yankees Friday.

Buehrle allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked two during the outing. The Yankees got to Buehrle pretty early. A run-scoring single by Brian McCann in the first inning opened up the scoring. After a scoreless second, Buehrle had issues in the third and fourth innings. To start the third, Buehrle gave up a single to Ichiro Suzuki. Jacoby Ellsbury followed that up with a two-run homer. Ellsbury struck again in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, he knocked in two more runs on a single. 

With the loss, Buehrle dropped to 12-10. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start.

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Hiroki Kuroda picks up the win Friday
by Chris Cwik |

Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda turned in a strong start Friday against the Blue Jays.

Kuroda allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks during the outing. Kuroda got himself in trouble during the first inning. After a leadoff double, Kuroda gave up a two-run blast against Edwin Encarnacion. He would settle in over the next three innings, but allowed another run in the fifth. After a throwing error put a runner on third, Kuroda gave up a run-scoring groundout. Since the run scored due to the error, it was unearned.

With the win, Kuroda improved to 11-9. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start. 

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Jacoby Ellsbury heading for MRI
by Chris Cwik |

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will head for an MRI, according to the New York Daily News.

Ellsbury left Friday's game with a hamstring issue. He was removed in the fifth inning, and will be sent for an MRI in order to determine the severity of the injury. 

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis takes a breather after passing kidney stone
by Igor Mello |

Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was held out of action Friday night against the Braves, one day removed from passing a kidney stone, reports.

Nieuwenhuis told the manager he's available as a pinch hitter and could be back in action a early as Saturday. He is hitting .242 with three homers and 14 RBI over 99 at-bats.

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